Mississippi Mud Cake

Making this cake did bring out my inner van Gogh. In all those swirls one might find Starry Night or The Scream. Mississippi Mud is a classic dessert that is supposed to mirror the mud of Mississippi. This is some fine looking mud. I do not care for the cloyingly sweet, thick, ultra gooey Missi Muds I have had in my past but I do go for that topping; marshmallowy, chocolatey good stuff. So I have lightened the load by simply baking a Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake and topping it with a super easy, super quick Mississippi Mud-type Frosting. This way you can eat a piece without feeling so sick.

Mississippi Mud Cake
One chocolate cake mix baked in a 9×13 inch baking pan
one jar Jet-puffed Marshmallow Cream
1 stick butter
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup toasted chopped pecans- optional

Top your favorite still hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate cake with Marshmallow Cream. Let sit a few minutes to melt then spread evenly over the entire cake. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and add semi-sweet chocolate chips, stir until smooth. Pour over marshmallow cream and swirl. If you want “rocks” in your mud swirl in pecans. Serves about 12.

Lunch Packing Tip

Before placing a piece of cake in plastic wrap or a small container, cut the bottom off the piece and place it over the frosting, turning your cake into a cake sandwich. All or most of the frosting will stay on the cake and not its wrapper. Will the cake sandwich be the new cupcake?

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Leftover Ice Cream Cake
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  1. Sheila
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    I love the lunch packing tip. This would be a great summer camp theme cake as it is so much like smores, but better!

  2. JoAnn
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for a fun and easy recipe! Looks like a keeper.
    Also – what an ingenious way to keep the frosting from sticking – I'll use that idea on other cakes I bake.

  3. Rob
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    Sis– The Scream isn't by van Gogh, it's by Edvard Munch, or alternatively, Howard Dean. 🙂

    See you tonight!

  4. Sabrina
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

    Oh, heaven help me…. that looks so good.

  5. That Girl
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    The lunch packing tip is ingenius!!!

  6. Robin Sue
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    Rob- yeah I have a degree in nursing not art. Ha at least someone caught my blunder!!! See you tonight. I think I'll leave it and see if anyone else notices…

  7. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM | Permalink

    Ummm…I can do a cake sandwich!

    Love the frosting, that's my favorite part!

  8. gfe--gluten free easily
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 12:59 PM | Permalink

    Even if you didn't get all the credits right, you did get the concept! 😉 I like Mississippi Mud Cake and even make it gluten free easily (he he, but true). But, I've never seen the icing made with marshmallow cream–yuuuuummmmmmm. And, I love the look.

    I've read that lunch tip before and never remember to do it. Maybe this time it will stick … or not. 😉

    Thanks, Robin Sue!

  9. pigpigscorner
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    The layer of marshmallow cream looks amazing!

  10. Sara
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    I am a total marshmallow fiend, I must try this! Great tip on packing too.

  11. Nicisme
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

    I bet you knew I would make an appearance after seeing this super cake, oh man I would love a slice!

  12. Lisa
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    Now that you mention it I do see that Starry Night connection. For sure, no one can ever have too many ways to present a chocolate cake!

  13. Juliana
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:19 PM | Permalink

    Marshmallow in a jar, I haven't had those for a while…yummie…such a nice combination…looks so moist and yummie. Nice pictures!

  14. katie
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 9:37 PM | Permalink

    You're a genius!

  15. Jeff
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

    Coming off making brioche I swore anything that was fattening I could not touch. Now I am staring at your pictures drooling and comparing it to my sherbet. Unfortunately there is no comparison 🙁

    Looks amazing!!!

  16. ♥peachkins♥
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    If muds are like that I would always be playing with mud..

  17. Tammy
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    oh my sweet heavenly goodness. That oozing frosting is too much to handle. I'm saving this one!

  18. Grace
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    cake sandwich, eh? i like it. of course i like it. i really like this frosting, too–marshmallow creme is entirely underrated. 🙂 van gogh looks good on ya, robin sue.

  19. unconfidentialcook
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

    Yummo–yup, right up my alley. I didn't know you were a nurse….I'm currently making the first lifestyle magazine for nurses. Launch issue November 15, then three more in 2010.

  20. biz319
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM | Permalink

    This looks just like a Texas sheet cake a former co-worker would always bring in for pot luck – I never asked for the recipe, but now I don't have to!


  21. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    I bet you're going to start a revolution, with the sandwich-cake. 😀

  22. Morta Di Fame
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM | Permalink

    Gorg! I immediately thought marshmallows when I saw that frosting!

  23. Maria
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 5:43 PM | Permalink

    I am craving chocolate now!! Looks so good!

  24. sarah
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 7:02 PM | Permalink

    YUM! I love mississippi mud, but you are right – it is very, very sweet. Your version looks delicious and easy. I will have to try it some time very soon!

  25. Jackie @PhamFatale.com
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

    oh youre killing me with this cake. Love your packing tip. Even if the cake is all messed up in a Tupperware box, I think I'd still be liking all the goodness lol

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